Chain of Command

In a military context, the chain of command is the line of authority and responsibility along which orders are passed within a military unit and between different units. In more simple terms, the chain of command is the succession of leaders through which command is exercised and executed. Orders are transmitted down the chain of command, from a responsible superior, such as a commissioned officer, to lower-ranked subordinate(s) who either execute the order personally or transmit it down the chain as appropriate, until it is received by those expected to execute it.

In general, military personnel give orders only to those directly below them in the chain of command and receive orders only from those directly above them. A service member who has difficulty executing a duty or order and appeals for relief directly to an officer above his immediate commander in the chain of command is likely to be disciplined for not respecting the chain of command. Similarly, an officer is usually expected to give orders only to his or her direct subordinate(s), even if only to pass an order down to another service member lower in the chain of command than said subordinate.

The concept of chain of command also implies that higher rank alone does not entitle a higher-ranking service member to give commands to anyone of lower rank. For example, an officer of the science department does not directly command lower-ranking members of the security team, and is generally expected to approach an officer of said unit if they require action by members of that unit. The chain of command means that individual members take orders from only one superior and only give orders to a defined group of people immediately below them.


Rank Personnel Data Biography
Captain Keziah Nazir
Joined Trill Female
Commanding Officer
Commander Aria Winters
Terran Female
Executive Officer
Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Hill M.D.
Terran Male
Chief Medical Officer and Second Officer
Lieutenant Adam Paxton
Terran Male
Chief Flight Operations Officer
Lieutenant Elleese Elloyia
Betazoid Female
Chief Counsellor
Lieutenant J.G. Peter Wilson
Terran Male
Chief Engineering Officer
Ensign Yasmin Kahlil
Terran Female
Chief Navigation Officer
Ensign Jocelyn Zemke
Terran Female
Chief Operations Officer
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